Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge 2020 kicks off

Offshore Wind Innovators, in close cooperation with TKI Wind op Zee and ECHT, announced the kick-off for the 4th Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge. Submission runs untill 1 September 2020. The final of the challenge will take place in January 2021.

The annual Challenge provides innovative Dutch SME’s and start-ups the possibility to present their concept or proven solution to the challenges brought forward by industry players. Especially during the challenges faced by the industry as a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis, the organisers want to facilitate innovations being brought to market.

This year De Rijke Noordzee, a project aimed at exploring the opportunities that offshore wind farms offer for the strengthning of marine life, submitted two of their current challenges to the market via the Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge:

• Less expensive and more efficient ways of biodiversity monitoring in Offshore Wind Farms

• A new artificial reef structure for more species, preferably made from biodegradable or natural occurring materials

From May 28 until September 1, entrepreneurs can apply for the challenges by presenting either a concept or a proved solution. Over the course of September to November 2020, the entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to cooperate with experts of DeRijkeNoordzee and TKI Wind Op Zee in two plenary sessions to shape their innovative solutions. The finalists may pitch their developed concept to a broad audience during the Finals in January 2021.

The participants will be able to create brand awareness and visibility of their innovations in the offshore wind community. In addition, they will get expert coaching and collaboration with leading offshore wind companies that could function as a launching customer. The first three editions of the Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge led to partnerships between innovators and the leading companies in 75% of the cases.

The winner of the 2019 edition was Marine Performance Systems. The company has found a solution for noise reduction during piling.